Behind The Songs: Nirvana, Dire Straits, The Pretenders
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These might not be the greatest songs ever written, but you've heard them a million times. Now you'll be able to bore your friends with the stories behind them.
Curt Cobain on "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
That came from something I used to say every time I used to walk into a party to break the ice. A lot of times, when you're standing around with people in a room, it's really boring and uncomfortable. So it was, "Well here we are, entertain us. You invited us here."
Mark Knopfler on "Money For Nothing"
That came from a big meathead working in an electrical appliance store in New York. He was watching MTV while moving boxes. I spied on him through a little gap in the microwave section, and the lines he was coming out with were so classic that I had to write them down as fast as possible. He actually said things like, "What's that? Hawaiian noises?" and "maybe get a blister on your little finger." And then he said, "That ain't workin'" . . . Little did he know.
Chrissie Hynde on "Back On The Chain Gang"
"I found a picture of you." It was from a little photograph of Ray Davies I found in a wallet. We were trying to work the song out in sound checks for a while, but later when my guitar player died I finished the song off with him in mind.
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- via Rolling Stone